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Orville Calhoun

July 12, 1938 — August 31, 2017

Mr. Orville E. Calhoun was born July 12, 1938, in Cadiz, Kentucky. He was the first son born to Orvil and Roberta Calhoun. He passed away August 31, 2017 in Paducah, Kentucky surrounded by family.

Orville entered the United States Navy in 1956, working as an aviation storekeeper until his release from active duty. He continued active in the Naval Reserve until he was honorably discharged. In the early 1960's Orville opened Calhoun's Custom Speed Shop, specializing in high performance auto parts and custom cars. Shortly after opening he took an unprecedented risk for the Paducah area and decided to expand. He purchased his own land and building, located in Lone Oak, Kentucky, and a rapidly growing suburb of Paducah at that time. The new young businessman was known in Missouri, Illinois and Tennessee for his great parts and car knowledge.
For the next four decades Orville was involved in all types of automobile racing, acquiring over 300 trophies and cash awards. His greatest achievement was a 1978 Lincoln Continental low rider, with four-way hydraulics and chopped top. With this car he won the most popular car in show at International Show Car Association competition. The car also won for best engineered and drew great respect from his customers. The car still makes appearances at local parades and festivals. With the growth in Lone Oak there was no more room for expansion and the business was moved to Broadway in early 1990.

Mr. Calhoun is survived by his wife and soul mate of 44 years, Martha Hall Calhoun; his son, Robert E. Calhoun and wife Valerie of Smithland; three step-grandchildren, James, Cable and Ray Nardo; one sister, Linda J. Riley of Paducah; one brother, Larry Calhoun of Paducah; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Bobby Calhoun.

Visitation with the family will be at Milner & Orr Funeral and Cremation services of Paducah on Monday September 4, 2017 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

Funeral Services will be on Tuesday September 5, 2017 at 1:00 pm. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens with Rev. Dennis Lawrence officiating. Any car club members wishing to join the procession to the cemetery, needs to be at the funeral home by Noon on Tuesday.

Expressions of sympathy may e made to the Free Spirit Biker Ministry 2380 John L Puryer Dr, Paducah, KY 42003.

Service Details

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 1:00pm, Milnor & Orr

Interment Details

Woodlawn Memorial Gardens

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